Words & Marriage II
Word Paralysis: Stunted Growth
Couples do it all the time:
Talk in phrases long cliched by platitude,
Stalled and staled attitude.
They don’t communicate
(except perhaps when fornicating).
Do not learn, the phrases all the same,
Repeated at each meal, each film.
Reprised like some old pale rhythm.
They’re missing out on IQ-raising inspiration,
Worn or lost in years or habit:
Customary words inadequate.
They learn to neither listen
Nor to pay attention,
Stopping up their listening ears
Through years of word paralysis.
Sometimes deafness very real
Strikes one or the other mate.
There goes all conversation’s skill
Communication standing still,
Or worse, traveling at speed downhill.
What to do?
What the solution?
Marriage as a dance for two
Goes falling through
Through simple lack of word renewal.
Who wants boredom,
Wants to snore when loved one speaks?
Love goes sneaking out the door
When words no longer stir or spur.